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How to Handle "Urban" Ducks

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So what can you do?

If you're wondering what you should do if you find a duck or goose nest on your property or in any other urban or suburban environment, here are some answers. Given the possible complications and threats to humans and waterfowl, DU biologists highly recommend you refrain from feeding the ducks, leave the nest undisturbed and try to avoid walking nearby, as any management or care will likely encourage the duck to make a permanent home there. If you are interested in control measures, please contact your state fish and wildlife agency.

"People who find nests or observe hens with broods should leave well enough alone and let the adult lead the young to the closest available habitat," said Humburg. "Additional questions should be addressed to state or federal wildlife managers who are best suited to provide recommendations for control where needed." 

Additional resources

—Lauren Oxner, Ducks Unlimited communications specialist

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